After a year of searching and working on a number of venues, we finally got keys and are signing a lease on an amazing building on Front Street in Chester-le-Street. We aim to have it open around the end of November, but lots of work needs doing to get there. It will be a creative, upcycled and … Continue reading We have a building!
I first heard about REfUSE Durham through Nikki and on social media, around the time it was just starting up. REfUSE recently did an amazing job catering our wedding breakfast (I’m the one in the photo in the wedding dress!). I studied Biology and Anthropology at University and I’m really interested in nutrition, the social … Continue reading Susie’s story
In our battle to end food waste we collect as much food as we can and feed as many people as possible! I spend my days driving our van all around County Durham and sometimes up to Newcastle, collecting anything from KFC chicken to jars of tempeh, mountains of yoghurt and towers of cereal boxes. … Continue reading Tips from Jonny
In my first year at University, I overheard some Quakers who were sharing my table in the library café, talking about what they’d found in some supermarket bins. I interrupted to ask more and they invited me out with them the following night to see for myself. They had both brought 65L hiking rucksacks to … Continue reading Mim’s Story
In August, founding director Nikki traveled to Denmark to attend UNLEASH Lab 2017: where 1000 young people from all over the world met to work on solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She was selected to contribute to the conversation on global food waste. As promised in her previous blog, here are some things she … Continue reading 10 world-changing days
We’ve been intercepting food for over 2 years. In shopping bags and pull-along trollies, stuffed in car boots and pockets and now, in our lovely crowd-funded van. But we can’t collect it all. Households throw away 7.3 million tonnes of food per year costing families £700. House moves, student terms, allotment surplus, Buy-one-get-one-free offers, over … Continue reading OLIO
Team REfUSE are VERY excited to announce that we will be starting Fuel for School, Durham very soon! We recently heard the good news that we have received a Big Lottery Fund Awards For All grant which means that we can begin delivering food to 4 primary schools in Ferryhill every week. This is rescued … Continue reading Fuel For School Durham
At our house, we get milk delivered to our doorstep, every other day. It is GREAT: no plastic bottle waste, instead we can return the empty glass bottles to the doorstep to be re-used, we rarely have to run to the shop to get milk for our tea, and we are supporting local farmers and … Continue reading Milk gone sour?
August bank holiday weekend. The sun was shining, temperatures soaring, and lots of people headed out of Durham to make the most of it. Our Nikki and Stu spent most of the weekend in a pop-up kitchen in a field and a festival campsite. You could say the weekend was intense.... most of the time … Continue reading Festival fun
I have just arrived in Copenhagen, attending UNLEASH Lab 2017. I was selected out of a few thousand people to be one of 1,000 'talents' from around the world, all gathering in Denmark to work together towards UN Sustainable Development Goals. Here is a video that tells you more about the SDGs, and check out … Continue reading UNLEASH